Over the past week, Governor-elect John Hickenlooper announced several appointments.
Reeves Brown will be Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs.
Brown is now Executive Director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region. He will use his working relationships with local governments and his experience in collaborative decision-making to assist local governments across Colorado deliver services in their communities.
Sen. Al White will be Director of the Colorado Tourism Office and Joan Henneberry will be the Healthcare Exchange Planning Grant Project Director.
White is a businessman from Winter Park who served eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives before he was elected to the Colorado Senate two years ago. He has a long history of promoting tourism in Colorado, creating jobs as a small-business owner and working collaboratively with all levels of government.
Ellen Golombek will be Executive Director of the Department of Labor and employment.
Golombek is now Colorado State Director for America Votes, whose work around the country includes protecting every American’s right to vote. She brings nearly 20 years of additional experience working on labor issues and established relationships statewide to her new role in the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration.
Reggie Bicha will be Executive Director of the Department of Human Services.
Bicha was mostly recently Secretary of the Department of Children and Families for the state of Wisconsin. He has dedicated his career to protecting and improving the lives and well-being of children and has extensive experience working on child welfare, education and health issues at the county, state and national levels.
Mike King will remain Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources.
King was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter in May 2010 after serving as Deputy Director for more than three years.
James “Jim” Davis will be Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety.
Davis is now the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver division of the FBI. His 25-year career in the FBIincludes directing the investigation and prevention of an al-Qaeda terrorist plot led by Najibullah Zazi in 2009 and serving as the senior federal law enforcement official for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Larry Trujillo will remain Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Trujillo was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter in September 2010. He will stay in the job for six months as the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration evaluates the organizational structure of the agency and other emergency management operations, as recommended by the Homeland Security/Emergency Management transition committee.
Barbara Kelley will remain Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
Kelley was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter in November 2009.
Don Hunt will be Executive Director of the Department of Transportation.
Hunt is now the President of Denver-based Antero, where he specializes in project development and management. While at Antero, Hunt was appointed by Hickenlooper to work as Denver Bond Implementation Manager and oversaw the $550 million infrastructure program.
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